Few would have thought that Everything Everywhere All at Once would become the favorite for many. Parallel universes, martial arts, a hymn to kindness and fullness of spirit. 11 nominations, heavy. The two Daniels, screenwriters, directors and producers, are hoping for it. Supporting actor Ke Huy Quan, invisible since the days of the Goonies and Indiana Jones. And Michelle Yeoh, the first Asian woman nominated for Best Actress, is hoping for it.

Only the eternal Cate Blanchett in Tár can disturb her. More than Ana de Armas in Blonde or Michelle Williams in The Fabelmans.

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Cate Blanchett

Among the films chasing multiple victories is Elvis with 8 possibilities, costumes, makeup, protagonist Austin Butler. Solid acting test with Presley replicated in different decades, in voice and physique.

Jurors love transformations. Brendan Fraser did it most of all in The Whale. And the actor's return to success is exciting.

The two of them have more chances than the adorable Colin Farrell of the Spirits of the Island. To Paul Mescal, surprisingly nominated for the little indie jewel Aftersun and the imperturbable Bill Nighy in Living.

Around the statuette for best picture there is fluidity: in addition to Everything and Elvis, the most traditional jurors could choose Nothing new on the Western front.

Or you could for once reward the box office champions, Avatar or Top Gun, those who save the industry and the cinema.